Mr. Feinberg will be processing and reviewing claims “well into the spring,” he added.
Separately, the auto maker has counted more than 150 switch-related lawsuits filed by accident victims and other owners of its older cars.
Worldwide, GM announced recalls of 34 million vehicles through September and spent $2.7 billion on repairs, loaner cars and other costs of the call-ins, it said in an October regulatory filing.
Thousands of claims
Mr. Feinberg, an attorney at Feinberg Rozen L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., who supervised compensation of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has received 3,038 claims from GM customers and families who had switch accidents.
The value of each life lost may be $5 million to $13 million, according to a June report by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Wages and salaries account for some of the variations.
GM has said it is reserving as much as $600 million to pay accident claims. While some lawyers say that's not enough, Mr. Feinberg has said it “appears to be adequate.”
The fund represents the car maker's effort to settle rather than litigate over faulty switches. Victims taking money from GM must agree not to sue the auto maker. Including deaths, Mr. Feinberg has so far judged 125 switch claimants as eligible for payment.
GM CEO Mary Barra has said she will fight most lawsuits, and the car maker has asked a bankruptcy judge to bar all remaining suits tied to faults in cars made by its defunct predecessor.
$10 billion sought
In one class-action lawsuit, car owners are seeking court permission to fight GM for as much as $10 billion in value losses and damages on 27 million recalled cars.
A lawyer paid by GM, Anton Valukas, reported last year that GM for at least a decade failed to promptly resolve complaints from consumers, dealers and others about abnormal crashes in the Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion, and that the company later replaced the faulty ignition switch without alerting the public or changing the part number as required.
The defective switches may be inadvertently shut off when jarred, cutting power to the engine and deactivating air bags.
This Bloomberg News report appeared on the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.